The Saint Paul Seminary is pleased to welcome Bishop-elect Patrick Neary, CSC as the next shepherd of the Diocese of St. Cloud. Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican nuncio to the United States, announced Neary’s appointment Thursday, Dec. 15.
Neary replaces now-officially-retired Bishop Donald Kettler, who turned 78 last month. Per canon law, bishops are required to submit their resignation to the pope at age 75.
“On behalf of the entire Saint Paul Seminary community, I am pleased to welcome Bishop-elect Neary to Minnesota,” said Fr. Joseph Taphorn, rector of The Saint Paul Seminary. “We are grateful to Pope Francis for appointing a holy man with experience in seminary formation and decades of pastoral leadership to strengthen and inspire the Diocese of St. Cloud. We also commend Bishop Kettler for his years of service and leadership in our regional Church and are thankful for the trust he has placed in The Saint Paul Seminary. I look forward to partnering with Bishop-elect Neary in forming joyful, Catholic leaders to serve St. Cloud and the surrounding area for generations to come.”